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Great place to relax
Stayed at the Kempinski San Lawrenz for about a week. Beautiful hotel if a little impersonal. Room was great - vast and everything you need and bathroom was fab, complete with Motlon Brown toiletries. The pools are beautifully landscaped and quiet when we went, spa is very good - staff very helpful and knowledgeable and everything is of a good standard. We ate breakfast at the hotel every morning which was a heaving selection of choices. We only ate at the Trattoria during the evening as L'Ortolan looked too stuffy for our tastes on holiday when we prefer to relax and be a bit casual. Food inTrattoria was fine, staff very sweet, but terribly slow....why do they insist on putting your bottle of wine in an ice bucket a million miles from your table? Think it's a case of typical hotel formality, could do with being a bit more relaxed. Great restaurant Tatitas in the village - you need to book in the evening as it gets very busy. Much more buzzy atmosphere and informal. Gozo is really beautiful, very quiet and not too developed. We also noticed how clean it is and how considerate the locals are. Highly recommended.
Very good hideaway
I enjoyed my stay here as it was a spa destination, i cam eback feeling very relaxed as it was a quiet time of year. The spa facilities very excellent and the treatments very good. The staff are overall quite friendly.
I would choose to stay here in the quiet seasons only as summer time can be too busy wth children.
The breakfast was very good and the L'Ortolan food was very nice. However, the food in the Trattoria wasn't as good and most of the food was dripping in too much oil.
The general surroundings are very nice and the staff seemed more than efficient, everywhere i went was clean and maintained to a high standard. There was not activities when i stayed there so unless you want to sit and read, drink or explore the rest of gozo some may find it too quiet. I felt very welcomed here and would visit again in low season.
Lovely New Year Break
We stayed at this hotel over the New Year break for 5 days. The hotel was excellent. The food in the Ortolan restaurant was consistently good. The superior pool view room was huge and had lots of space for sitting. Rooms were well equipped and the bathroom was also very spacious. There were two robes so it was easy to go to the pool which was beautifully warm. There was also a jacuzzi and steam room.
We went diving every day with Blue Waters Dive Cove which we had booked separately. They fetched us from the hotel and brought us back late afternoon. The diving was fantastic, if a little cold at 19 degrees. We neeed 7m wetsuits. It was wonderful to spend a day diving and then come back and relax in the pool and get warm.
I also tried one of the water aerobics classes which was great although quite funny as the instructress spent most of the time telling us to hop,hop, hop!
The hotel also oragnised for a taxi to pick us up and take us to the airport, so the journey, including the ferry, was really easy although quite pricey.
The hotel had a New Year's Eve Gala dinner while we were there - 7 courses. It was a little bit OTT. I'm not sure that sea bream goes with lemon tart, and what we thought was a cheese course turned out to be something which was mostly sweet. However, it was a lovely occasion and the staff were great.
There are also nice walks around the hotel in the countryside. Gozo is very beautiful. 10 minutes drive away is the coast and beautiful cliffs. We dived in the inland sea and the blue hole close by
Excellent Hotel on Gozo
An excellent well-managed hotel with good rooms, great facilities and two good restaurants. Good walks nearby and a twice-daily courtesy bus into Victoria. But this is a Resort Hotel - if the sound of children enjoying themselves in the afternoons in High Season upset you, this is not for you.
Tatitas, 10 mins walk away in the centre of St Lawrence is a good restaurant for a change - well run with congenial atmosphere.
Great Hotel, Great Staff, Great Food
The Kempinski Hotel in San Lawrenze is an amazing hotel. If your expecting the glitz of the hotels you get in Dubai then maybe this hotel isnt for you. The Hotel fits in well with its surroundings of the sand coloured stone buildings and the tropical gardens which also surround it. The hotel is definately a 5 star hotel with its several outdoor pools, its indoor spa pool, its friendly staff and its choice of restaurants (going half board made the holiday much cheaper as on most nights the bill for 3 people came to around £80) I spent 7 days there during the easter break and enjoyed every minute. The weather was ok - some days it was windy/cold and other days it was boiling hot - but thats whats expected that time of the year. The Island of Gozo itself is also another factor which made the stay even more enjoyable. I would definately recomend hiring a car during your stay, as the road signs are easy to follow and the islands size also helps - from one end to the other i think it took 30min. Places i would recomend seeing are: Calypso Cave, Ramla Bay, Xandi (good for lunch) and Marselforn (amazing salt plains)
The only negative things i could say about the hotel is that : sometimes the service was quite slow, the selection of food was sometimes limited, and age limits are enforced in the indoor pool. So overall, not that many...
peaceful, sort of
The hotel is attractive and provides a tranquil setting. We stayed for 5 nights during the days following Easter.
Our room was facing in to the pool garden area on the ground floor (with is actually the 3rd floor). We had a small terrace of stone, with a shrub border. We also had an unexpected water feature, with the sprinkler system pointing the wrong way and flooding the terrace when it was on...each time. We did notify the staff, who would dry it up and point it back the right way, only for it to happen the next time. Our terrace was also the home of the hotel's cat, who slept every day in one of the cloth chairs, leaving a blanket of fur.
The gardens and pools are nice, but none of the 3 outdoor pools is heated, which was a shame as it was far too cold to go in the pool. The indoor pool in the spa area was nice but there was too much traffic to swim laps.
The ayurveda centre was nice, and I had a very good experience with a three day package. It may seem expensive, but it's in line or better than London spa prices.
The food options were not extensive, but generally the meals were good. There is only one other restaurant around, in the centre of San Lawrenz, which also does very nice food. Once you tune yourself to Maltese wine, dinner prices become more reasonable.
There were many families in the hotel, so I suppose it's a good destination for them. For us, it meant every meal each day was accompanied by crying and squabbling, which carries far in the stone tiled buildings.
We rented bicycles from a local firm that the hotel calls in. They didn't bring helmets even though we did request them, so it's worth it to stress that. The roads are not biker-friendly, with drivers more surprised by you than accommodating. It's a nice trip to go around the island heading to Rabat, then up to coast and around back to San Lawrenz...it takes about 4 hours or so.
Definitely walk down to the azure window on the coast near the hotel...it's a bit of a hike, but well worth it.
Wonderful staff, lovely island
We wanted a few days of down-time in Gozo and the Kempinski seemed to be the best the island had to offer. It was. It would make a good base for a short break off season too.
• Despite previous reviews, we found the staff and service really excellent, friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, not intrusive
• The positon is lovely, overlooking farmland and hills, with a local village and its beautiful church on the skyline
• Spa very good, wonderful indoor pool, pleasant and efficient therapists
• Food in the trattoria and the breakfasts were both good, advice and enthusiasm for local wine couldn't be beaten – had a wine tasting too
• Local restaurants good and not expensive (but not cheap!)
• Talking of which, despite a few caveats, the hotel is really good value
• It's a chain hotel and it shows – we'd have preferred more character and a smaller scale but it just isn't available on Gozo at this level of quality. The bedrooms and dining rooms could have been anywhere, the menus barely nodded to local produce. It's very comfortable but lacks glamour – rather a lot feels as if it comes from central casting, which we guess is inevitable.
• They don't heat any of the outdoor pools, which was disappointing and a bit sad, especially given that Gozo tends to be windy
• Had a bad dinner at the supposed fine dining restaurant, l'Ortolan -- but the duty manager was genuinely sorry that standards had slipped, refunded the entire cost and knocked something off the wine, as well as apologising. This restaurant has a good reputation, among Maltese hospitality pros as well as guests, so maybe we were unlucky.
• That peaceful farmland is worked by busy men with tractors, who kick up dust, hay and other stuff. Just a warning -- you don't get one without the other, but hay-fever sufferers might not enjoy the experience. And the lovely Baroque church has lovely, loud bells that ring at all hours of day or night.
Gozo itself remains unspoiled but civilised, with plenty of historic and cultural attractions, great diviing, lots of choice of food and genuinely friendly, charming people. Relaxing and recommended.
Sleek Island Getaway
The Kempinski was the perfect escape from a busy life. Myself and my man wanted peace and quiet in a slick, classy envirnonment and that is exactly what we got. The hotlel is modern but based on a maltese hunting lodge and so the style of decor is a cross between rustic counrty house but with mod cons, The rooms are huge and very well appointed. We were upgraded to a junior suite at no exrra cost. Pool views are worth a few lira more!
The pools are wonderful and the gym has most equipment you could want. food in the hotel is excellent if a wee bit pricy but there are restuarants near by in the village, Geoffreys has a pretty terrace and good fish. It is also worth a vist to the seaside town just beyond the pretty captial of Victoria.
The spa is also good and the ayurvedic treatments authentic and relaxing.
True tanqulity - i would recommend this hotel highly. Staff were very very accomodating indeed, Only criticism is that pool bar service was a bit sloppy and slow.
This is what we mean commitment to clients!
Wonderful Hotel, fantastic landscape, but most of all an entire smiling staff dedicated to satisfy any need you may have. Believe us, such a service can be found usually only in Asia or in the Emirates.
Everything was really perfect. The hotel organizes also several activities: Yoga, Pilates, Bike and walking tours, Wine tasting... free or with a small participation fee.
Swimmingpools can be exploited thanks to the always shining sun from 8 am to almost 7 pm.
We had a B&B accomodation (74 Maltese Lira a day), but "betrayed" the hotel's restaurants (3) only a couple of time: to try the closest and guide mentioned "Tatita's", and for the worth the visit It-Mum in Victoria.
The Quality/price ratio accordingly to the high level of the prices in the entire Malta islands is honest both in the hotel restaurants and in It-Mum... wouldn't say the same for the "Tatita's"!
Taxi are costly, better to discuss the price before or you easily will have to pay 6-7 Maltese lira for a 10 Km drive! Better then to hire a car (14 Maltese lira a day)!
Something really worth is the transfer from Malta to Gozo via Harbourair, a seaplane service which started recently.